Reality Competition, Music
You know the award-winning voices. You know the chart-topping hits. Now discover where the magic behind the music really happens. Welcome to Songland.
Every artist is looking for one thing – their next great song. Songland serves as a destination for music stars to find their next hit.
Undiscovered songwriters are put centre stage as they pitch their original creations to top recording artists and a panel of chart-topping music producers in the hopes of creating the artists' next big hits.
The 11-episode series is a peek into the creative process of songwriting and provides one winner per episode with the opportunity to have their song recorded and released worldwide by chart-topping artists.
Featured guest recording artists include Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, will.i.am, OneRepublic, Kelsea Ballerini, Macklemore, Aloe Blacc, Old Dominion and Leona Lewis.
Each week one guest recording artist comes to Songland to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material.
Four songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of the guest artist and three producers in music – Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic and four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer of Adele, Taylor Swift and Beyonce), Ester Dean (Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, as well as an actress, having starred in the Pitch Perfect film franchise) and Shane McAnally (Grammy-winning songwriter and producer of Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt with 38 #1 country records and 2019 ACM Songwriter of the Year).
Each song's lyrics, arrangements, beats, melody and story will be considered by the panel as the producers and guest artist engage in a lively discussion about ways to creatively adapt them to better fit the style and sensibility of the recording artist of the week.
After the performances, the recording artist will choose three songwriters to move forward to the studio and pair them each with the producer best suited to perfect their song.
In the studio, the songs will take shape in unexpected ways as the songwriter and producer duos work together to win over the recording artist.
In the end, a winner will be chosen and their song will be recorded and released for a global audience.
Reality Competition, Music
Unsigned artists from every music genre compete for the chance to record a brand new song and launch themselves to the world.
The Launch is a reality music format showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring an original song to life.
In each episode, talented, unsigned artists audition for a panel of top tier music industry talent.
The panel choose two of the artists to each record their own version of a new original song written by a chart-topping songwriter.
The panel of world established music producers and big name talent then mentor the artists, helping them to find their own sound - with intense workshops, gruelling recording sessions and sharing backstage secrets, all designed to give them what they need to stand out.
After just 48 hours the artists face one final test – they must perform their versions of the original song in front of a live audience.
The panel then choose one artist and their song to launch, releasing it live immediately following each episode.
Tune in and witness how a star's career is launched when the winner's version of the song is released on all streaming and digital platforms and begins playing on the radios.
The Real Housewives of Potomac 4
Vuzu (DStv 116)
This season, lies are uncovered and relationships are strained, but love always finds a way.
Ashley and Michael have healed from their loss and are ready to work on expanding their family, but the word on the street in Potomac is that Michael has to deal with some serious allegations.
Meanwhile, Monique is ready to deliver her new bundle of joy and focus on her entrepreneurial endeavours, but her husband Chris is not ready to say goodbye to his baby-making days.
Karen and Ray are pushing through their troubles, while still watching everyone else with a side eye, as Karen launches one of her biggest ventures.
Gizelle has a tale she wants to tell with her upcoming book launch, and she is also working on mending her friendships and revitalising her love life.
Meanwhile, love is blooming in Potomac as Candiace and Chris are knee deep in wedding planning.
However, Candiace's mother, Dorothy, has an opinion on everything, making one wonder who is actually in control.
Robyn and Juan have found their groove finding their way back to each other as Robyn also works on her property investment goals.
With all the trials and tribulations ahead, will these ladies be able to keep it cute and classy?
NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the Future
Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
On Saturday 30 May, Discovery documented history in the making at the NASA launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The event marked the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011.
Discovery and Science Channel spent over a year documenting SpaceX's race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space.
This two-hour documentary shows the unbelievable engineering and scientific feats achieved by SpaceX in making such a historic launch happen.
The live multiplatform event took viewers along the mission to launch veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The mission, known as Demo-2, used a Falcon 9 rocket, also built by SpaceX, to propel it.
The Discovery Channel coverage to be broadcast to South African viewers tonight will feature commentary from astronauts, engineers and other special guests, as well as unprecedented coverage of the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
The live broadcast and accompanying two-hour documentary were made in partnership with The Washington Post and staff writer Christian Davenport, whose depth of experience allowed him to gain inside access to key players – including a rare in-depth interview with SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk – and captures their incredible stories about this historic space achievement.
The film crew was granted unprecedented access to NASA and to SpaceX headquarters – giving a rare glimpse inside Launch Control and first-hand accounts from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk, Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
The documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes action with the teams of SpaceX engineers, NASA employees and scientists as they fulfill the SpaceX mission to "fly, test, and fix" their way to the ISS – with the goal of eventually flying to the moon and to Mars.